-The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month, at 5:00pm.
We meet at the American Red Cross Southern Missouri Regional Offices, at the corner of West Bypass & Division, in Springfield, MO. Testing will also be available at 3:00 pm for anyone wanting to get their technician license, or upgrade to a General or Extra class license. The fee for the tests is $15. Again this may be dependent on weather conditions.
Any one that is interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator should attend a meeting, or testing session. You do not have to already have your license, or be a club member to attend. Everyone is welcome including friends, family, and children. A meal is usually prepared by an outstanding cook.and anyone is welcome to bring sides dishes, soft drinks, or desserts. Guests are welcome to stay to eat.
This month I want to welcome a special guest from the National Weather Service office in Springfield. Steve Runnels, will be giving us a presentation on our role as hams when it comes to storm spotting and communication while in the field. So if you missed the Storm Spotting meeting on Tuesday, this will be another opportunity to learn about severe weather and how you can contribute to the community using your hobby as a potentially life-saving tool.
-Safe & Sound-
The fifth annual Safe & Sound Saturday is coming up again soon. This year the event will be on Saturday, April 1st. For the 3rd year in a row, Safe & Sound will be held in all 3 halls of the Ozark Empire Fairground’s E-Plex. There usually are concessions available for food & drink sales.
Safe & Sounds is a chance for your family to learn about all manner of safety at home, and in your daily lives. Past vendors have included: City Utilities, the National Weather Service, Springfield area Law Enforcement & Fire Departments, Ambulance Services, local Medical staff, as well as the Amateur Radio community.
There will also be booths filled with products for home security, mobility, health care, home security, cyber security, gun safes, and storm shelters. The list keeps getting bigger every year!
The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club, & Greene County Skywarn will participate again this year. We will be set up in booth W-22. We are planning to set up on the day before, and will need at least 2-3 people to help with that.
Then we will need people to volunteer to staff the booth on the day of the event. Details are still being lined out but if we follow the same process as last year we should be able to set up after 8:00am, the doors open to the public at 9:00am. The event usually goes till either 3:00 or 4:00pm. We will need help with tearing down the booth after the event is over!!
If you would like to volunteer for Safe & Sound, you can contact Franklin Johnson at: 417-207-4020. You can call, or text him and let him know who you are, and what part(s) of the event you would like to volunteer for.
-ARES Technician Class-
Anticipating some interest after Safe & Sound at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Green County ARES will be holding a Technician Class on April 8th & 15th (2 Saturdays in a row). The classes will be from 9am to 3pm, with a break for lunch. The classes will be at the OACAC central office at 215 S Barnes (at the intersection of Barnes & Chesnutt Expressway). The building is right across from the FedEx shipping, and O’Reilly training centers. You can bring a sack lunch, or run to some of the restaurants on North Glenstone.
They will be using the Gordon West Technician Study Guide, make sure you have the 2014-2018 edition if you will be providing your own book. They can be purchased on Amazon, eBay, or the W5YI webpage. Just search Gordon West, Technician Study Guide.
The test is scheduled for April 15th, from 1pm to 3pm. The class is free, Study Guides cost $25 if you don’t provide your own, and the fee for the test is $14.
Reservations are strongly recommended, as the class size is a minimum of 5, and maximum of 25. Please contact Mike at: 417-569-5586. If the class must be postponed or cancelled, they cannot contact you unless you have registered your contact info.
R & L Electronics has put together a couple of radio packages for brand new Hams! The basic pack includes a Boefeng UV5 hand held radio, and a Gordon West Technician study guide, and is less than $50, with free shipping!!
You can see details for both the basic & deluxe packages at: www.randl.com. Once on the main page, just type “new ham” into the search bar, and you will see both of the radio packages.
-Message from Larry Scantlan regarding MARPA The Missouri House bill 136-
“Our bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bryan Spencer, is telling us that the only way we have of influencing Chairman Jay Barnes to bring our Bill before his committee and not “kill” it is to show up in Jefferson City at the Capitol and speak to him in person! You can rest assured that the HOA lobbyist has been doing exactly that. Unfortunately, we have been told by Rep. Barnes that he has not received any calls nor emails in support of our Bill…… We know that is not true but is apparently a common response from too many politicians who do not care what the people want. The time to act is NOW! Thank you for your support.”
You can contact Jay Barnes at 573-751-2412 and his email address is email@example.com.
If at all possible ask to speak directly to Chairman Barnes, but at the very least speak to his assistant Ryan Clearwater. If neither answer, leave a voice message and then try calling back at a later time.
-Skywarn Youth Net-
The Skywarn Youth Net is at 7:30pm on Sundays on the 145.490 N0NWS repeater. This net is sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn repeater system to encourage young amateur radio operators and their families to key up and get out on the air and to create an educational awareness among these operators about Skywarn and basic weather facts. For more information about this net you can go to www.N0NWS.com/youth.
KB0JGG – Contact info for Roger is 417-894-4830. He is seeking someone willing to transport him to the W0OAR Hamfest in Mt, Vernon. If you can help please give him a call.
KE0DTZ – Net Control